Five Big Bang Theory Scooplets: Love for Raj, an Action-Figure Snafu and Change for 'Shamy'?

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The Cooper/Kripke InversionSheldon’s forced to play nice with the always-irksome Barry Kripke when The Big Bang Theory returns with a new episode on Jan. 31 – and the physicists’ long-standing rivalry inadvertently sets up what star Mayim Biaylik calls “a big February” for the incredibly popular comedy. Read on for more scoop about what’s ahead!

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HOW FAR-RAH WILL SHELDON GO? | As the season moves ahead, the status quo just won’t do for Sheldon and his lady. “We have two episodes with Amy and Sheldon really pushing the boundaries,” Bialik says. “Honestly, I’ve been surprised.” Though it’s not clear whether Sheldon will forge the final frontier, so to speak, the actress hinted that “Shamy” definitely will undergo some changes. “[The show] wanted to introduce some tension into their relationship and, as it’s always been, Sheldon’s reaction is totally not what I would have expected,” she says. “But it’s still super consistent with him.”

AND… ACTION! | It’s a dorky dream come true when Howard and Raj get action figures made of themselves… and a nightmare when they’re not exactly what the guys wanted. Wolowitz “found this place online where you only have to pay $500 per action figure. Of course, they come out looking horrible,” says portrayer Simon Helberg. “Howard’s nose is like 4 inches big on a 6-inch body!” In the end, they’ve got these “cool little toys” — and Howard’s got one heck of a ticked-off wife. “It’s Howard spending Bernadette’s money, so he thinks it’s fine,” he adds. “She doesn’t.” Speaking of which…

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HONEYMOON’S OVER | Bernadette “has a very high power job and makes a lot more money than her husband,” Melissa Rauch shares, so the newlyweds will deal with “how her big salary factors into their relationship and how they spend their money.” Or, here’s another take on the subject, courtesy of Bernadette’s hubs: “He’s learning the ways of marriage and how to balance being a little boy at heart,” Helberg says. Aww.

RAJ AS SURROGATE SON? | “Howard goes away and his mom has been dejected,” Helberg previews, “so he has his best buddy check in.” But Raj’s meek nature is no match for Mrs. Wolowitz, who “sucks him into her world of Jewish guilt and food, and he can’t leave.” Meanwhile, the situation evokes strong feelings in her derelict son: “Pity – and a little bit of relief that it’s not him.”

RAJ AS SOMEONE’S BOO? | “Raj is trying to find love,” Kunal Nayar says with a laugh. “What else is he supposed to do?” The actor also gave the vaguest of teases about a big Valentine’s episode: “Hilarity ensues.”

(Reporting by Meg Masters)

Comments (67)

  • Let’s get some character growth with Raj. No more needing alcohol. I would really like to see this by the end of the season.

    Comment by D'Arcy – January 16, 2013 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Why on Earth has he NOT tried professional counselling yet??

      Comment by Princess Adora – January 16, 2013 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • For the same reason Leonard doesn’t know about Lactaid for his intolerance and no one imagines that Sheldon might be autistic? If these guys were all “fixed” it wouldn’t be as funny?

        Comment by mtr – January 19, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s been said, and fixed in stone, several times over the seasons that Sheldon is in fact autistic.

          Comment by Dragen – January 23, 2013 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Not true. Jim Parsons at to AV Club: “[W]hen I asked the writers if Sheldon had Asperger’s, they said, “No, he does not. That’s not what we’re doing.’” Also, this:

            Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – January 23, 2013 12:47 PM PDT  
          • There are many forms of autism, and truth be told, Sheldon doesn’t fit Asperger’s. And autism isn’t diagnosed with one test at an early age. And the article you linked to just says that they don’t want to give a specific lable because it would make their job harder.

            Comment by dragenphoto – January 23, 2013 01:17 PM PDT  
    • I agree. The writers have focused too much on the three main couples too much lately and Raj is being used too much as ‘the third/fifth/seventh’ wheel with the awkward, yet hilarious, homosexual references/jokes (which by the way would be amazing). Raj needs a storyline badly.

      Comment by Isaac – January 16, 2013 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just make him come out already.

      Comment by Ryan – January 16, 2013 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Raj and Stewart really needs to happen and once it does he stuns himself by being able to talk with women because the pressure is suddenly gone.

        Comment by Dan – January 17, 2013 04:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I like that idea! I have never really been a big fan of suddenly having Raj come out but I like this!

          Comment by Ari – January 17, 2013 05:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I would love to see a Raj gay story on this show, but it would be a betrayal of everything they’ve done up to now. The reason Raj can’t talk to women is his heterosexual attraction to them. It seems pretty clear that if he had any homosexual tendencies at all, he would’ve pursued them before now, out of desperation if nothing else. The thing that bothers me about the drinking in order to talk to women (besides the fact that it also makes him a complete ass), is that Penny was able to pressure him into talking to her–albeit only one word in a tiny, choked voice. I don’t think a talented therapist would have all that much difficulty helping him overcome the problem.

        Comment by CJ – January 17, 2013 08:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Uh, no sir. Plenty of closeted gay men delude themselves into believing that they need a girl, and get pretty kooky about it and are really bad at it — because it’s not natural for them. Heck, I pined for a few women — and it was always super awkward, super stressful and completely non-sexual — I convinced myself I was just a romantic and wasn’t ‘that kind’ of a guy. Raj’s dating history is pretty similar to those of a bunch of gay guys I’ve known.

          Sure, some gay-seeming guys aren’t gay — but plenty more are.

          Comment by Jack – February 13, 2013 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who is Simon?

    Comment by Amanda – January 16, 2013 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Simon Helberg is the actor who plays Howard Wolowitz.

      Comment by shump – January 16, 2013 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes, but the name Simon was placed where it should have said Sheldon. It’s been fixed now.

        Comment by Amanda – January 17, 2013 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cannot wait to see the action figures. That episode and the one where Raj is sucked into Howard’s moms world are gonna be hilarious.

    Comment by tvdiva – January 16, 2013 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Raj needs a girl. I hope this season ends with Raj finding someone because this ‘he can’t talk to women’ gag is no longer that funny. Maybe it’s time for girl number 4 in the group.

    Comment by Bruce – January 16, 2013 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe the girl he meets can’t talk to guys without alcohol. So they have a great conversation at the bar and all is great until the next morning.

      Comment by Cassie – January 21, 2013 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I bet they will make Raj go on another blind date on Valentine’s that will end badly, per usual. *sigh* The show is too crowded already so Raj/Kunal’s out of luck until at least the last season.

    Comment by aboutThat – January 16, 2013 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’ll be hilarious if Raj starts dating Walowitz mother !

    Comment by TvjunkE – January 16, 2013 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lately, all I think about when it comes to the couples on this show are two things: 1. Ew, Shamy. I just don’t really like them and I thought the spanking thing was so incredibly stupid. & 2. Having Raj end up with any random girl by the end of the show would be annoying, and having him alone would be unsatisfying, and considering he can’t even talk to women- can we just put him with Stuart and call it a day? I don’t see how anyone still thinks he’s 100% into the ladies anymore anyways, soooo.

    Comment by Courtney – January 16, 2013 09:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Stuart has never exhibited any latent gay leanings. And Raj is just an immature man with a phobia. In vino veritas, when drunk Raj always becomes a ladies’ man. There’s no way he’s gay. People don’t turn gay. They are naturally that way early on, and most know by the time they’re 6 or so.

      Comment by Tara – January 17, 2013 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you. Expecting Raj to be gay because he has over-embraced his metrosexual side and is overly in touch with his his feminine side is wrong, IMO. Having him finally meet the right woman, the one who will make him forget he has a problem talking to women, seems like a plan to me. Shamy–I think they should break up, as she needs more than he can give. I like the idea of her with Stuart. I like asexual Sheldon and I hope doesn’t change, just comes to realize the value of his friends in his life.

        Comment by suzi – January 17, 2013 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • THIS. Especially the Sheldon-Amy part. The fact that Amy is resorting to manipulatively creepy ways to get what she wants from Sheldon is making her even more deplorable than she already is; and it would be a relief to have the old Sheldon back — where he remains unattached, and focused on his Nobel. Perhaps his significant character growth can be what Suzi said: for him to simply realize the value of his friends in his life. And if the writers are dead set on getting him to hook up to please the female viewers fantasizing over Jim Parsons, perhaps in the series finale, at the awards ceremony in Stockholm, he can finally meet some mysterious woman who’ll pique his interest and with whom he finally has the time and energy to explore a relationship with, with the Nobel out of the way. Someone pleasant. Someone attractive like he is. SOMEONE ANTI-AFF.

          Comment by webuiltthepyramids – January 19, 2013 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I’ve always had this idea that a great way to satisfy the fans, and keep the story-line true regarding Sheldon, would be for Amy to simply have a dream or fantasy about Sheldon sexually/romantically. That way the one’s who want to see the couple take it a step (or much more) further can see it, but then the story-line can go right back to their non-sexual relationship. I know, right???

            Comment by Theresa – April 2, 2013 06:46 AM PDT  
      • Not so much — people fight it, or don’t understand it. I’m a gay who was all over girls when I was drunk — and simply couldn’t believe that I was actually into dudes, because, well society. I thought it was wrong and disgusting.

        This idea of a gay-seeming guy who isn’t gay gets overplayed like crazy on TV. And, by the way, in my experience, folks like you — usually straight girls — always are adamant that a guy isn’t gay because he’s dated girls or been in live with girls. And them those guys end up finally coming out.

        Comment by Jack – February 13, 2013 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ew. Shamy. INDEED. Sheldon needs someone less polarizing (and by polarizing, I mean utterly annoying) than Fowler.

      Comment by takethat – January 19, 2013 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Raj needs a storyline so badly. Its not like I don’t enjoy what they generally do with his character but some growth would be nice. Kunal is a talented actor and it time they actually started utilizing that a bit.

    Comment by Anne – January 16, 2013 10:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, even with his sorry excuse of a third-wheel storyline, Nayyar still shines in every scene. Who I’m tired of is Galecki and his age-old nose-scrunching and annoying muppet-like eyebrow stunts. (Penny was right, his eyebrows *are* stupid, or something to that effect).

      Comment by webuiltthepyramids – January 19, 2013 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Raj just needs to come out already

    Comment by Mike – January 16, 2013 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think when Raj finds the right girl he’ll be able to talk to her, without being drunk… of course he’ll still have problems talking to other woman but it would be a start.

    Comment by Craig Best – January 17, 2013 01:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kunal Nayar says with a laugh. “What else is he supposed to do?”

    Shows that Nayar is fed up with how his character is being treated and rightly so.

    The show has really gone down the drain.

    Comment by Bark Star – January 17, 2013 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • instead of introducing a fourth “significant other”, they could explore Amy pursuing Raj, as it would likely be a total disaster if the producers ever decided to take “Shamy” to the bedroom.

    Comment by AM – January 17, 2013 05:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh, thank God. Someone with enough sense to see the magic between Amy and Raj! Wouldn’t it be a hoot if she, being a neuroscientist, experiments with his brain and ends up being the cure he needed all along? Also, no to Shamy in the bedroom. How totally OOC of Sheldon. Goodness, those Shamy fans just want their Parsons fixation fulfilled vicariously through Amy. JUST FANTASIZE ABOUT THE GUY ON YOUR OWN TIME, PEOPLE. Geez.

      Comment by PM – January 19, 2013 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howard/Bernadette episodes are so dull. Ugh. I never got why there are so many of them.

    Comment by soundscene – January 17, 2013 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I always figured Howard made the most money of all of them. He’s an engineer which is actually a practical degree and they make more in academics because you can leverage a job in the private sector, as oppose to Sheldon and Leonard who would pretty much need a university to support their research. Plus the whole space shuttle thing I bet he makes at least 150 K a year.

    Comment by Talmidge – January 17, 2013 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ever since the spanking scene, I think Shamy is so freaking disgusting. I don’t like Amy and I don’t think she’s good for Sheldon.

    Comment by Anna – January 17, 2013 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow, thankyou! It seems everyone thought that was funny or even cute and I was just sitting there, jaw dropped, not able to believe that this is what this show has come to now. Sheldon spanking a contract ‘girlfriend’ that Raj&Howard set him up with years ago? They’ve come a long way, but I wouldn’t say thats all been good = \ .

      Comment by Courtney – January 17, 2013 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree!! I don’t see show very often but when I do it’s for Sheldon and Leonard. I just told a friend that Amy is just plain creepy, she actually makes me think of Norman Bates. I think she’s a bit in love with the blonde who lives across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard, the one Amy keeps calling “besty”.
      Now if we could do something about that other girl’s (Bernadette?) voice…

      Comment by Jennifer – January 17, 2013 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you’re too kind. i ABHOR amy. i switch channels whenever she’s on, or click on mute so i don’t have to hear her grating high rising intonation. her mere presence is like nail on a blackboard for me. sheer torture.

      Comment by PM – January 19, 2013 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • agree i always switch channels when Amy’s on. In fact i enjoy the reruns better than the new episodes

        Comment by – January 21, 2013 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • totally agree with you. She is disgusting. I have never found her funny. I think the relationship between Sheldon and Amy takes away from Sheldon quirky charater. I think they need to write her off.

      Comment by – January 21, 2013 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe Raj will finally come out of the closet.

    Comment by Lisa Frymark (@lisa_in_wi) – January 17, 2013 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t think Raj is gay – he’s just very metro-sexual. As he said after the episode where he fantasized about Bernadette, “Bollywood number aside, definitely not gay”. Don’t get me wrong, gay’s OK, but not just to fill a niche.

    Comment by MLO – January 17, 2013 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Closeted gay guys obsess over unattainable women. And are constantly trying to prove that they’re not gay.

      Comment by Jack sanders – March 18, 2013 01:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with a lot of the comments. Raj needs to grow and get over with his phobia. And he should have a girlfriend, he is more datable than the rest of the gang

    Comment by paula – January 17, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oddly there was no mention of Leonard and Penny in the article.

    Comment by Waffles – January 17, 2013 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that’s because they are the most yawn-inducing couple on the show. no chemistry whatsoever. they need to just break up for good already. boooring.

      Comment by PM – January 19, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If my no chemistry you mean most chemistry then yes, awesome couple

        Comment by Mike – January 20, 2013 11:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone else concerned as to why this isn’t airing until January 31st? They already made us wait 3 weeks before last week’s episode…

    Comment by ϟ حنين (@CaffeineHanine) – January 18, 2013 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i don’t think raj should be gay, i think he needs to go into counseling for his phobia and get a girlfriend. i love the Shamy but i do wish their relationship would move a little quicker. i think the rate that Sheldon is learning about relationships is good but i feel he needs something to happen to push him over the edge to experience something new in his life such as sex which could open his mind for more scientific results that could get him that Nobel prize. I also like where Leonard and Penny are right now. as fare as Howard and Bernadette, i don’t think they should argue over money i think that is crazy since they both have it. I also think Stewart should just be.

    Comment by krista abernathy – January 19, 2013 05:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why is it that most of the chicks on here insist that Raj can’t be gay… Do y’all have a crush on the guy? It’s not a personal slight against women if the guy ends up ring gay (which is really where this seems to be going)…

      Comment by Jack sanders – March 18, 2013 01:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anyone who thinks Shamy isn’t a good match is crazy. They are perfect together and Mayim Bialik is hilarious.

    Comment by alwaysright – January 25, 2013 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You think a woman who tricks her boyfriend into getting what she wants is good for an autistic guy? And if she doesn’t get it, threatens to leave him? Amy is abusive.

      Comment by dragenphoto – January 26, 2013 05:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • nothing has ever been said that Sheldon is autistic. i also think that Amy is perfect in her role as girlfriend. Sheldon is not being manipulated . he enjoys his time with Amy. he really cares about her.

        Comment by krista abernathy – January 26, 2013 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Abusive? Really? She can be a little manipulative at times, but she could never make him do something he didn’t want to do.

        Comment by alwaysright – January 26, 2013 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i love them together. i love when Sheldon gets jealous. i also like that Sheldon took care of Amy when she was sick. it was all very sweet. i thought it was funny that Sheldon brought spanking Amy, so so funny!

      Comment by krista abernathy – January 26, 2013 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • i think that Amy is only as manipulative as Sheldon. they are both trying to get what they want out of the relationship. that is what makes the humor. Sheldon knows his own mind, he doesn’t know other peoples minds or understands how they think. that is why he is stunted in his own growth as far as personal relationships are concerned. the fact that he has a girlfriend and that he holds her hand, takes care of her when she is sick, and gets jealous when other guys spend personal time with her, shows that he is capable of having a caring and hopefully loving relationship with Amy or anyone, including his friends. i hope that they don’t create a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with Amy and Raj. I think that would be a horrible betrayal of Raj and Sheldon friendship. I don’t think that Sheldon could recover from that, ending the friendship forever.

        Comment by krista abernathy – January 27, 2013 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • shamys seeing only what they want to see yet again. here’s another little tip for you: people who genuinely like each other don’t have to manipulate one another to get what out of a relationship. and raj and amy getting together may hurt sheldon for a while but it won’t hurt for for long seeing as how he doesn’t like amy that much.

          Comment by don – February 25, 2013 10:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • lol I bet you ship Shenny, huh?

            Comment by alwaysright – February 26, 2013 09:13 AM PDT  
  • Do any of you talking about autism and aspergers actually know anyone with it? Sheldon may be naive but he is not stupid. And no i dont want them together because i like jim parsons. It is called character growth. If they all stayed the same what is the point. Also i think it is sweet to see someone socially awkward might be capable of finding someone that understands them.

    Comment by Erika – February 2, 2013 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Did you just call everyone with autism stupid? I work with several people with autism, aspergers included. If we compare you to them, you’re a doornail.

      Comment by dragenphoto – February 3, 2013 03:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The cast including Raj and Howard are all critical to the long term success. I do not think the series would be nearly as good if one of main four- Leonard, Sheldon, Raj or Howard left. Penny is wonderful too, no question. But like Suzanne Sommers in 3′s company, replaceable. I hear Raj and Howard get paid about 1/2 of what Sheldon, Lenard and Penny all earn. I find that surprising the gap is as large as that. Raj should get a girlfriend, the they could start a whole new line with this.The Stewart moving in with him will just promote a lengthening of the same idea with Raj. I think he just finds the right one and he can speak to her, he can retain the issue with different females if the writers want, but let him find the one like all the others have! By the way, all of us posting here shows we are about as weird as the sit com characters we are talking about! No “coming out” for Raj or Sheldon as some have suggested- it will just not work in my opinion, the characters are already developed.

    Comment by Amelia – March 1, 2013 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This has always been the funniest show but something is missing this season. Has a writer left or someone else had a say in the script? Its not nearly as witty. Can’t quite put my finger on it but the laughs are gone.

    Comment by Pat – March 14, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Sheldon should be dating someone….but not Amy, or they should evolve her to not be so creepy.

    Comment by Tina – July 8, 2013 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Raj seriously needs to come out, Him and stewart being together seriously be amazing and that way raj wouldnt be so left out when the girls are there and Stewart would come more into the storyline!

    Comment by Bree – December 17, 2013 01:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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